AT have finally started using Platform 2 at Newmarket, easing transfers between the Southern Line to the Western Line.
Because of this change, you will no longer have to walk up to the main concourse and down again to transfer between the Western and Southern lines. You can read more about my push for it here, and AT’s last update here as it was supposed to go live around Easter last year, however, was likely delayed due to a few infrastructure requirements as well as the current negotiations around the SaFE programme.
AT’s plan is for both doors to open for the Western Line which was different from our plan where we proposed Western services open onto Platform 3 and Southern onto Platform 2 to allow the easiest transfers.
The first clues were when I noticed a new light at Newmarket and tweeted to AT about it. Currently, the issue is you can’t sight the signal from Platform 2 because the train blocks the view. Now on the box where the TM swipes to indicate which way the train is going to go as Newmarket is fully bi-directional; a blue light appears when the signal goes green letting the TM know without the TM needing to sight the actual green signal.
Hi Harriet, this is the Train Ready To Start (TRTS ) which is a signal repeater. We are installing a new Passenger Information Display (PID) on P2 next week, and hope to open shortly afterwards. ^SM
— Auckland Transport (@AklTransport) January 26, 2018
Even after this tweet, it took nearly two more months to go live, but finally, it will be easier to transfer at Newmarket.